Joshua Tree National Park, CA

Joshua Tree National Park was the destination of our first climbing trip together four years ago.  We felt it would be quite fitting to go back for another visit.  With friends to meet up with in Las Vegas soon, there was just enough time to sneak in a quick trip to J-Tree.  The park was just as fun as we remembered, with the added bonus of springtime colors this time around.

A desert tortoise spotted in Joshua Tree National Park.

A desert tortoise spotted in Joshua Tree National Park.

The octocillo in full bloom thanks to some rain before we arrived in southern California.

The octocillo in full bloom thanks to some rain in southern California before we arrived.

Ocotillo flower.

Ocotillo flower.

A flowering Beavertail Pricklypear cactus.

A flowering Beavertail Pricklypear Cactus.

Steve leads just a little bit of offwidth on Orange Flake (5.8).

Steve leads just a little bit of offwidth on Orange Flake (5.8).

Steve happy to be done with 200ft of offwidth on the top of pitch 3 of Orange Flake (5.8).

Steve happy to be done with 200ft of offwidth on the top of pitch 3 of Orange Flake (5.8).

Looking back at Saddle Rock. We climbed Orange Flake which follows the leftmost of the large twin cracks on the left side of the dome. At 400 ft tall this is one of the longest routes in Joshua Tree.

Looking back at Saddle Rock. We climbed Orange Flake, which follows the leftmost of the large twin cracks on the left side of the dome. At 400 ft tall this is one of the longest routes in Joshua Tree.

Steve gears up at Lost Horse Wall.

Steve gears up at Lost Horse Wall.

Joanna leads the traverse/downclimb to start pitch 3 of Dappled Mare (5.8).

Joanna leads the traverse/downclimb to start pitch 3 of Dappled Mare (5.8).

Lost Horse Wall summit view.

Lost Horse Wall summit view.

Fun day on Lost Horse Wall.

Fun day at Lost Horse.

Boris hanging out with the Joshua Trees.

Boris hanging out with the Joshua Trees.

A flowering Kingcup Cactus in the Mojave Desert.

A flowering Kingcup Cactus in the Mojave Desert.

The Yucca is also flowering in the Mojave Desert.

The Yucca is also flowering in the Mojave Desert.

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